Channel Islands Neck Beard 2 FlexBar
When something isn’t broke, there’s no need to fix it. That said, Britt Merrick and Dane Reynolds still felt a few slight refinements would make an already epic board that much better. And it did: The merits to this update can be seen in Dane’s new surf film “The Electric Acid Surfboard Test.”
A big fan of single concave, Dane asked Britt to take out the vee from the original Neck Beard, creating single throughout. This changed the rocker landscape some, but in a very positive way—enhancing its wave entry, down-the-line speed, and overall control. They also widened the tail block 1/2” and added a slight hip, resulting in increased responsiveness and maneuverability.
Dane prefers the Neckbeard 2 as a tri-fin, but those that like quads may notice added down-the-line speed. It comes with a three-fin setup, but you can request a five fin to get the best of both worlds for a little extra.
This board features FlexBar technology. The major component of this new innovative core is composite sandwich foam running from the centre to the apex of the rail. This acts as the main base for the FlexBar, allowing the board to flex without losing any strength, as well as lowering the vibration (resonance), which is often identified as a negative in EPS cores.
The result is a smoother feeling ride in all conditions, while retaining the added buoyancy of EPS.
Please note this board comes as a 3 fin, and does not come with fins.
|5’4||18 5/8||2 3/16||24.2|
|5’5||18 7/8||2 1/4||25.6|
|5’7||19 1/8||2 3/8||28.1|
|5’8||19 3/8||2 7/16||29.7|
|5’9||19 5/8||2 1/2||31.3|
|5’10||19 7/8||2 9/16||32.9|
|6’0||20 1/8||2 11/16||35.9|
|6’2||20 3/8||2 3/4||38.2|